FLINT TWP. — Flint’s Bishop International Airport is getting nearly $4.4 million to help rehabilitate its runway, replace runway lighting and remove trees that could obstruct several runways.
Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, this week announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The senators say in a statement the work at the airport in Genesee County is expected to improve operations and boost safety at the airport.
“The grant is related to the runway rehabilitation work we’re doing on our northsouth runway and will enable us to prolong the life of the runway for another 10-plus years,” said Craig Williams, airport director.
Work began on the project on July 13 and is continuing through October.
Runways are like roads, but much thicker, he said. They wear down over time and need to be resurfaced. Bishop has a northsouth and an east-west runway. The repaving work is being done only on the 7.848-foot north-south runway.
There have been no disruptions to air travel as a result of the work, Williams said. The runway is anticipated to open back to normal operations in early October.
Included in that work are improvements to the runway lighting to help with energy efficiency.
Additionally, trees are being trimmed around the airport as a safety measure. Airports are required to keep trees trimmed to a height that will not interfere with air traffic, including emergency landings. — G.G.